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161  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 23, 2016, 05:49:44 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 23, 2016, 02:41:28 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 22, 2016, 01:05:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 22, 2016, 01:20:24 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 19, 2016, 07:07:02 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2016, 06:52:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 18, 2016, 07:58:55 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 16, 2016, 10:47:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 16, 2016, 09:51:04 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 16, 2016, 07:30:43 PM


This is worth calling out.  You can get 3 games for free to keep if you click to install them.  Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe (the original) and Hell Yeah! with DLC.  Go to any of their pages and click Install to add the package to your account (you don't have to actually install it right now).


There's supposed to be another free pack coming too.


They moved the free pack to route through their web site instead of directly through steam.

http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results.php

Hmm, 24 hours later and I still haven't gotten my code.  Anyone else?

Nothing for me, either.

EDIT:  Just got mine (@3:45 EST).

They've got another signup for Gunstar Heroes, Renegade Ops and Viking: http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results-final.php

If I'm reading it right, you don't have to do anything if you've already signed up for the last one, but they're saying to allow 3 days this time.

Hmm, I just got the second key but it says product already owned.  PM me if you'd like a free key for Gunstar Heroes, Viking and Renegade Ops.

Thanks, Engine. My key came a couple of minutes ago.
162  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 22, 2016, 01:05:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 22, 2016, 01:20:24 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 19, 2016, 07:07:02 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2016, 06:52:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 18, 2016, 07:58:55 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 16, 2016, 10:47:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 16, 2016, 09:51:04 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 16, 2016, 07:30:43 PM


This is worth calling out.  You can get 3 games for free to keep if you click to install them.  Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe (the original) and Hell Yeah! with DLC.  Go to any of their pages and click Install to add the package to your account (you don't have to actually install it right now).


There's supposed to be another free pack coming too.


They moved the free pack to route through their web site instead of directly through steam.

http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results.php

Hmm, 24 hours later and I still haven't gotten my code.  Anyone else?

Nothing for me, either.

EDIT:  Just got mine (@3:45 EST).

They've got another signup for Gunstar Heroes, Renegade Ops and Viking: http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results-final.php

If I'm reading it right, you don't have to do anything if you've already signed up for the last one, but they're saying to allow 3 days this time.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23/16) on: February 22, 2016, 05:09:23 AM
I've got PvZ pre-ordered, and I expect I'll be getting Far Cry Primal (though I never came close to finishing the last one).
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 21, 2016, 05:31:39 PM
I keep trying, and they keep pulling me back in.


Anyhoo, there's a petition going around to get Deadpool to host SNL.

This is his response:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFYDD7XqiIA
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 21, 2016, 05:17:41 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on February 21, 2016, 03:15:37 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 20, 2016, 06:55:46 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on February 19, 2016, 10:21:37 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 17, 2016, 08:39:23 PM



Did you know that most accidents happen within two miles of a person's home?  Do you know why that is?  It's because you've driven those roads so many times, you've gotten familiar with their patterns.  Blind to them, even.  So, when you come to a small intersection where there has never been another car coming another way in your entire life, but this one time there is, your muscles and mind are so used to just going anyway, that you do it.  Boom, you've had an accident.  Was it your fault?  Absolutely.  Is it understandable?  I think so.  But if there is someone else on the sidewalk seeing it happen, do you think they should speak up to keep it from happening?  Even though it won't be their responsibility either way?  Or would not doing that and calling the guy a bad driver be the better route?


Actually I'm pretty sure that the reason that most accidents occur within two miles of home is because every trip begins and ends there.  That means that the first two miles and last two miles of every trip falls into this statistic.  So every time you left your house you would have to travel a minimum of 4 miles from your home in a straight line in order to spend more than half your time beyond the 2 miles from home boundary.  If you counted up the time an average person spends in their car, the % that were within this two mile boundary will normally be well above 50%.

While that may be a factor, studies have shown otherwise.

Quote
"Our research suggests that many drivers appear to be in a comfort zone when driving close to home on familiar roads, hence why such a large proportion of accidents occur there," said Brian Martin, managing director of Elephant.co.uk.
"It's so important to keep a full level of concentration when driving, whether you're just popping to the shops or starting or ending a longer journey. These results emphasise this even more.
"It's interesting to note that the type of accidents people most commonly have close to home happen at lower speeds and involve less impact. In fact, these accidents could involve people simply manoeuvring in or out of their driveway.
"It's vital people stay alert and avoid complacency when driving close to home."

Quote
Progressive’s survey also shed some interesting light on other factors that may tend to lead toward the higher likelihood of auto accidents occurring close to home.  Progressive also surveyed seat belt usage close to home, driving distractions, and the frequency of driving errors that occur within a five mile radius of people’s homes.  The survey found that seat belt usage is much less frequent when driving closer to home than on longer commutes.

Also, people tend to talk on cell phones, listen to iPods, and eat while driving when closer to home as well.  A major cause of these increased driving distractions is that people tend to have a false sense of security when driving close to home, or in familiar areas, a factor that could lead to the high percentage of auto accidents close to home.

Car accident safety experts recommend that when driving close to home, you should not be fooled into having a false sense of security.  Drivers need to be twice as cautious when driving near home and be on the lookout for distracted and careless drivers.  Simply being aware of the fact that the likelihood of an auto accident increases dramatically the closer you are to home may save you from possibly becoming involved in a car accident.

Quote
driving close to home
You might think the drowsiness that accompanies a long road trip is more of a threat than cruising around your neighborhood. But car accidents often take place within  miles of home. While this is due to the fact that most driving occurs close to home, the relaxation we feel caused by the repetition of driving through our own neighborhood likely plays a role.

If you've ever gotten home from work only to realize that your brain was on auto-pilot the whole drive, then you know this phenomenon. Driving in familiar places can cause us to rely more on muscle memory than on our active driving skills (making us less likely to be hyper-vigilant on the road).

The 2 most important things you can do to stay safe on a short neighborhood ride are the same things that will protect you on any ride: stay alert and buckle up. Seems like a no-brainer, but being active about these things really does make you a better, safer driver.

Try not to fall into a comfort zone when you're approaching your humble abode (or hilltop mansion). Even though you may know the route like the back of your hand, accidents are often caused by unpredictable elements like another driver, a crossing animal, or car equipment failure. And letting your guard down can decrease your responsiveness behind the wheel.

The stats also suggest the importance of buckling your seat belt even if you're just driving around the corner. A main reason drivers give for skipping on seat belts, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), is that they're only going a short distance. But buckling up, even close to home, is a habit worth getting into.

Lots of speculation and findings that seem to support what the researchers were looking for, funny how that works, but only one actual definitive statement.

Obviously there can be no definitive answer that satisfies everyone.  Not trying to derail this thread any further.  Saw DP, it was awesome.  Not the best movie i have ever seen, but it did what it wanted to do better than i had dared to hope.

Jesus, it was an analogy. The facts barely matter, correct though they were. But your speculation is somehow different I suppose.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 20, 2016, 06:55:46 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on February 19, 2016, 10:21:37 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 17, 2016, 08:39:23 PM



Did you know that most accidents happen within two miles of a person's home?  Do you know why that is?  It's because you've driven those roads so many times, you've gotten familiar with their patterns.  Blind to them, even.  So, when you come to a small intersection where there has never been another car coming another way in your entire life, but this one time there is, your muscles and mind are so used to just going anyway, that you do it.  Boom, you've had an accident.  Was it your fault?  Absolutely.  Is it understandable?  I think so.  But if there is someone else on the sidewalk seeing it happen, do you think they should speak up to keep it from happening?  Even though it won't be their responsibility either way?  Or would not doing that and calling the guy a bad driver be the better route?


Actually I'm pretty sure that the reason that most accidents occur within two miles of home is because every trip begins and ends there.  That means that the first two miles and last two miles of every trip falls into this statistic.  So every time you left your house you would have to travel a minimum of 4 miles from your home in a straight line in order to spend more than half your time beyond the 2 miles from home boundary.  If you counted up the time an average person spends in their car, the % that were within this two mile boundary will normally be well above 50%.

While that may be a factor, studies have shown otherwise.

Quote
"Our research suggests that many drivers appear to be in a comfort zone when driving close to home on familiar roads, hence why such a large proportion of accidents occur there," said Brian Martin, managing director of Elephant.co.uk.
"It's so important to keep a full level of concentration when driving, whether you're just popping to the shops or starting or ending a longer journey. These results emphasise this even more.
"It's interesting to note that the type of accidents people most commonly have close to home happen at lower speeds and involve less impact. In fact, these accidents could involve people simply manoeuvring in or out of their driveway.
"It's vital people stay alert and avoid complacency when driving close to home."

Quote
Progressive’s survey also shed some interesting light on other factors that may tend to lead toward the higher likelihood of auto accidents occurring close to home.  Progressive also surveyed seat belt usage close to home, driving distractions, and the frequency of driving errors that occur within a five mile radius of people’s homes.  The survey found that seat belt usage is much less frequent when driving closer to home than on longer commutes.

Also, people tend to talk on cell phones, listen to iPods, and eat while driving when closer to home as well.  A major cause of these increased driving distractions is that people tend to have a false sense of security when driving close to home, or in familiar areas, a factor that could lead to the high percentage of auto accidents close to home.

Car accident safety experts recommend that when driving close to home, you should not be fooled into having a false sense of security.  Drivers need to be twice as cautious when driving near home and be on the lookout for distracted and careless drivers.  Simply being aware of the fact that the likelihood of an auto accident increases dramatically the closer you are to home may save you from possibly becoming involved in a car accident.

Quote
driving close to home
You might think the drowsiness that accompanies a long road trip is more of a threat than cruising around your neighborhood. But car accidents often take place within  miles of home. While this is due to the fact that most driving occurs close to home, the relaxation we feel caused by the repetition of driving through our own neighborhood likely plays a role.

If you've ever gotten home from work only to realize that your brain was on auto-pilot the whole drive, then you know this phenomenon. Driving in familiar places can cause us to rely more on muscle memory than on our active driving skills (making us less likely to be hyper-vigilant on the road).

The 2 most important things you can do to stay safe on a short neighborhood ride are the same things that will protect you on any ride: stay alert and buckle up. Seems like a no-brainer, but being active about these things really does make you a better, safer driver.

Try not to fall into a comfort zone when you're approaching your humble abode (or hilltop mansion). Even though you may know the route like the back of your hand, accidents are often caused by unpredictable elements like another driver, a crossing animal, or car equipment failure. And letting your guard down can decrease your responsiveness behind the wheel.

The stats also suggest the importance of buckling your seat belt even if you're just driving around the corner. A main reason drivers give for skipping on seat belts, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), is that they're only going a short distance. But buckling up, even close to home, is a habit worth getting into.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 20, 2016, 06:48:11 AM
Skimming the comments here over the last few days, I didn't think this was going to be for me, but I fired it up and played for 4 hours straight.
168  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 19, 2016, 07:07:02 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2016, 06:52:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 18, 2016, 07:58:55 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 16, 2016, 10:47:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 16, 2016, 09:51:04 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 16, 2016, 07:30:43 PM


This is worth calling out.  You can get 3 games for free to keep if you click to install them.  Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe (the original) and Hell Yeah! with DLC.  Go to any of their pages and click Install to add the package to your account (you don't have to actually install it right now).


There's supposed to be another free pack coming too.


They moved the free pack to route through their web site instead of directly through steam.

http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results.php

Hmm, 24 hours later and I still haven't gotten my code.  Anyone else?

Nothing for me, either.

EDIT:  Just got mine (@3:45 EST).
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 19, 2016, 03:39:40 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 19, 2016, 08:04:30 AM

R rated movies always have a ratings splash screen before the movie starts

Maybe at the theater you're going to, I have never seen that.  Trailers have them, of course.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 18, 2016, 08:36:58 PM
Those real estate photos are funny.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 18, 2016, 08:33:02 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 18, 2016, 07:46:21 PM



Anyway...   


EDIT: just to be extra clear, I meant that as Deadpool is sad his thread has devolved into argument, not a criticism of anybody here.

Truth.  Lets get back to talking about how awesome the movie is.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 18, 2016, 06:26:54 PM

Quote from: Punisher on February 18, 2016, 03:12:02 PM

I can understand both sides of this argument...
1) I think if the movie theaters are selling a Rated R ticket to an adult with kids, it wouldn't hurt to remind that that they are buying tickets to a Rated R movie. Obviously, this wouldn't help for online sales or anything (they could put up a warning as well though) nor would it help for the parents that drop their kids off at the concession stand/video games while they go buy a ticket.
2) I think that some responsibility does need to go on the parents. They should attempt to be more aware and I am sure that Deadpool has fixed the issue for some of them.
3) There were parents complaining at my showing and saying how could they release and R Rated superhero film, so I can see where the disconnect was, but again, the parents need to take some responsibility.
4) Again, at my showing, multiple parents left after the first 5 minutes or so when they realized what was happening. Other parents with young children, say 7-10 range did stay for the whole thing and that was their choice.
5) for the rated R thing I know I have been to many movies where they did the whole, "the following movie is rated r" thing. I wasn't paying attention enough to confirm if they did this for deadpool. If they did, nobody left until after the movie started.

That doesn't sound like both sides so much as what I've been saying.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 17, 2016, 09:29:38 PM

Quote from: Scraper on February 17, 2016, 08:51:47 PM

Your car analogy is so far removed from this scenario that it's like comparing a distracted driver to a mother who doesn't care. More on point where is the line that you would like to draw between personal responsibility and the nanny state? I mean the movie is called Deadpool, in order to even buy the tickets she would have to say please give me tickets for DEADPOOL. The name itself implies that this isn't your average Marvel movie, if that doesn't tell you that you should look at the rating then I don't know what does.

The name argument is just ridiculous.  Again, Hellboy was not an issue for this same age of kid.  "Deadpool" just sounds like a superhero name.  It's not like "Kick-Ass" which I'm sure raised some eyebrows.

And I see where your disconnect is and how you won't be able to see your way clear to the other side here.

The car analogy is spot-on, and your follow up sentence shows why.  The mother is exactly like a distracted driver in this scenario.  You are assuming that she doesn't care and are putting that on her because you don't want to be empathetic, and it's easier to dismiss her.  I don't think I can get through that, so I guess we'll just have to leave it.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 17, 2016, 08:39:23 PM

Quote from: Scraper on February 17, 2016, 07:55:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 16, 2016, 11:05:51 PM

Quote from: naednek on February 16, 2016, 09:50:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2016, 07:29:07 AM

Quote from: Destructor on February 15, 2016, 04:52:19 AM

Quote from: drifter on February 15, 2016, 03:58:54 AM

Great movie but WTH parents why are there kids like 7 years old at the movie?  Congrats to the Mom and her 4 kids all young that now know what exactly a strip club is like inside and what goes on in there.

As a joke, it took me like 5 seconds to Google up 'Why is Deadpool rated R?' and find out exactly why so thanks to IMDB.

...why can't parents do so?

Because it doesn't occur to them that they have to do that.

The kids want to see the movie.  All the parents see is a poster for Marvel and what looks like a regular superhero on it.  They've been to Marvel movies before, and it has never been a problem.  Why would they even think to check if this one is an outlier?

The studio has done what they could with the previews and such, but if the parents haven't seen that, there's not much to do.  

The only time to be sure the message is getting to the parents is at the point of sale.  I feel like the onus should be on the theater to point out when they are buying or picking up the tickets that the movie is rated R.  I get it, they don't want to give a refund, but the backlash could be really bad.

Umm maybe because it has a rating that people should use as a guideline...

Seriously?

there should still be a societal obligation to point out to a parent that this movie is an outlier from every other Marvel movie that has come before.  Again.

Seriously? There is a societal obligation in place, it's called the Rating System. It's there for movies like this. If a parent can't take the 2 seconds it takes to look at the rating of a movie (Which is on the Movie poster, the board that lists the show times, the ticket, and prominently displayed before the movie actually starts, among other places) then they have terrible parenting skills and the their kids seeing an R rated film is the least of their issues.

So what you're saying is, rather than try to understand where a frazzled parent might be coming from and helping them out or even seeing why, in a society where we're all trying to live together, they might be making a mistake, you would rather be irate at the parent and not only not try to understand how they might have gotten to this position, you would condemn them as just being terrible parents.

Nice.

You really can't open your brain the tiniest bit to see where someone might have gotten to the point of seeing "Marvel" and thinking kids' movie?  Really?  I can't believe I have to ask this again, but here we go: Why would they even bother to look for the "R"?  It doesn't matter if it's on the billboard behind the cashier.  If you look up at that thing, what info are you looking for?  You might be making sure the movie you're supposed to be seeing is actually at this theater, but otherwise, you're just looking at the time, so you can tell the cashier what showing you're there for.  I couldn't tell you the last time I checked a rating at the ticket booth.  

Who the hell looks at anything on their ticket after they get it?

And look at these posters:  









Not an R on there.  

And where the hell did you see the rating prominently displayed before the movie starts?  I have never seen that.  I didn't even get a red band trailer when I saw Deadpool.

I guarantee that the only thing these parents are aware of when they walk in with their kids is that they're getting a brief distraction respite with a Marvel movie.  They've done it before, many times.  Why would this time be any different?

Did you know that most accidents happen within two miles of a person's home?  Do you know why that is?  It's because you've driven those roads so many times, you've gotten familiar with their patterns.  Blind to them, even.  So, when you come to a small intersection where there has never been another car coming another way in your entire life, but this one time there is, your muscles and mind are so used to just going anyway, that you do it.  Boom, you've had an accident.  Was it your fault?  Absolutely.  Is it understandable?  I think so.  But if there is someone else on the sidewalk seeing it happen, do you think they should speak up to keep it from happening?  Even though it won't be their responsibility either way?  Or would not doing that and calling the guy a bad driver be the better route?

I wonder if people think I'm trying to condemn the movie or the studio or the theater for any of this stuff.  I'm not.  That's not my point at all.  I'm just shocked that people don't think it would be nice for them to have some compassion and give these understandably clueless parents a nudge in the right direction instead of washing their hands of the whole thing and condemning the parents along the way.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 16, 2016, 11:09:10 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 16, 2016, 11:01:17 PM

Not to belabor the argument, but for this movie, doesn't just the title itself give people a clue?  If you're a parent who has zero info on the Marvel Universe comic book characters, and your kid wants to see "DEADPOOL" - wouldn't you at least be suspicious?   It's not like it was called "Squirrel Girl"   Tongue

Hellboy was fine.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 16, 2016, 11:05:51 PM

Quote from: naednek on February 16, 2016, 09:50:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2016, 07:29:07 AM

Quote from: Destructor on February 15, 2016, 04:52:19 AM

Quote from: drifter on February 15, 2016, 03:58:54 AM

Great movie but WTH parents why are there kids like 7 years old at the movie?  Congrats to the Mom and her 4 kids all young that now know what exactly a strip club is like inside and what goes on in there.

As a joke, it took me like 5 seconds to Google up 'Why is Deadpool rated R?' and find out exactly why so thanks to IMDB.

...why can't parents do so?

Because it doesn't occur to them that they have to do that.

The kids want to see the movie.  All the parents see is a poster for Marvel and what looks like a regular superhero on it.  They've been to Marvel movies before, and it has never been a problem.  Why would they even think to check if this one is an outlier?

The studio has done what they could with the previews and such, but if the parents haven't seen that, there's not much to do. 

The only time to be sure the message is getting to the parents is at the point of sale.  I feel like the onus should be on the theater to point out when they are buying or picking up the tickets that the movie is rated R.  I get it, they don't want to give a refund, but the backlash could be really bad.

Umm maybe because it has a rating that people should use as a guideline...

Seriously?

Again, yes, in the end, the fault is on the parents.  Also again, those parents have had umpteen Marvel movies that have come out over the last several years (decade and a half, if we go back to X-Men) that have trained them that when they see that red Marvel logo, they can assume it will be okay for their kids.  Again, they have no reason to look for the R when they see that logo.  So, again, they don't.  And, again, though there is no legal reason to have to do so, since as we have already established, the info is out there and in a court of law, the parent would be held responsible, there should still be a societal obligation to point out to a parent that this movie is an outlier from every other Marvel movie that has come before.  Again.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16/16) on: February 16, 2016, 04:10:02 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 16, 2016, 02:42:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2016, 03:25:37 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 15, 2016, 01:53:33 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2016, 05:36:55 AM

I'm looking forward to getting back into Rainbow Moon again.  I hope it's cross buy.

It's not cross buy, but if you own the PS3 version, you get 50% off the PS4 version.

Where did you see this?  I was looking for information yesterday, and I couldn't find anything beyond an old comment that they were hoping to make it cross buy.

I'm not sure where I read it originally, but on their website, they say
"Rainbow Moon will launch on PS4 this February. The game will be available in the Americas on February 16 at US$14.99 and in Europe on February 17 at €14.99 / £11.99. Owners of the PS3 or PS Vita versions will be entitled to a special ~50% discount when upgrading to the PS4 release."

Thank you.  I wasn't trying to call you out, I just looked and couldn't find it.

In fact, even looking now at SideQuest Studios and the official Rainbow Moon site, I'm seeing nothing (not even a mention of the PS4 version), so I'm betting this is being ported by someone else.

EDIT:  Nope.  It's just on the publishers website.  Sheesh.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 15, 2016, 10:44:41 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 15, 2016, 09:42:59 PM

I totally understand what you are saying and I suppose it's the way parents are in this day and age, but it wasn't always that way. Being the old fossil I am today, I still remember when I was 10-12 years old, my parents were not movie goers at all, so they didn't know jack about what popular movies were but they had a hard and fast rule with me. Rated R movies were out of the question for me at the time. Didn't matter if it was because of sex, violence or language. The R rating was an automatic no go for me. Maybe that's a philosophy that wouldn't hold up today, but doesn't matter to me. It's the rule I apply to my 11 year old. The MPAA system might be flawed but at its most basic level, it should tell parents what is or is not appropriate for kids.

My parents had the same rule, but I was allowed to break it early for horror movies, once my dad saw I could handle them.  It was an interesting situation when I was seeing Friday the 13th in Middle School, but I wasn't allowed to see Little Darlings.  

My dad took me to see Aliens to test how I could handle it, and I loved it.  So I got the horror green light.  Of course, my parents didn't seem to know about all the sex that happens in horror movies (or maybe they did and also knew that the kids were getting killed as a result), but I wasn't going to tell them.  It also wasn't why I was going.

I don't think that has changed much.  Kids will get away with what they can.

I have to say, to this day I respect my parents' rule distinction about R rated movies.  Most kids didn't have to worry about it.  It seemed that every other kid who was in middle school with me did get to see Little Darlings.

So, I guess I mean to say it kinda was always that way.  At least for some kids.  Your parents had a rule.  My parents had a rule.  Not everyone's parents did, and a lot of them got to see whatever the hell they wanted.

But I don't think it even applies to this situation, really.  I don't think parents are taking their kids to Deadpool despite the R rating.  I think they honestly are not aware that it has an R rating.  Because why would they?  As I've mentioned, they've been trained by every single other Marvel movie that they are okay properties to bring their kids to see.  I'm fairly confident that they aren't even thinking to check.  Which is why it'd be nice if others stepped in to help.

EDIT: And just to be clear on another point: I'm not in anyway saying that this movie shouldn't exist or that a PG-13 version should be put out.  I'm extremely happy this is what it is. 
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 15, 2016, 08:24:22 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 15, 2016, 07:53:51 PM

One of the best things I learned is that Carrie Underwood and her mom are Walking Dead superfans.  icon_cool

Great episode. The body count was unbelievable. I believe this was the first time ever in the series run that:

Spoiler for Hiden:
They showed a kid getting eaten. That was awesome. I guess the death of Jessie was the one moment some people were referring to as a completely unnecessary, gratuitous character death that served no purpose. Whatever. It's the zombie apocalypse. People die. Get over it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Well, not only that, but it served a massive purpose.

That was the moment that pushed Rick to the edge.  As soon as that happened, I was certain Rick was going to be getting ghost calls again in the next episode.  He was already on the way to the brink and Jessie's death took him right to it.

But then Carl got shot in the eye, and his parental instinct took over.  He had a purpose again, and it propelled him to take his son to the doctor.  Once there, he was helpless.  As I see it, there were two sides tearing at his brain.  One was the madness and hopelessness that seeing Jessie die pushed him further toward.  The other was the fatherly love and hope that his son might survive.

When he went outside, I was certain he was letting the rage take over.  But then Alexandria rallied, and it changed everything.

He never said the word "hope" and maybe it wasn't really what he meant (he had a little hope after leaving the hospital when he discovered his wife and child were still alive, for example), but it was close.

And then Carl came back.

I don't think things would have played out the same way if Jessie hadn't died in front of him before Carl got shot.

Even without that, a mother's paralyzing love for her child in a world that was growing increasingly heartless was nice (and important) to see.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 15, 2016, 08:10:12 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 15, 2016, 07:21:27 PM

Quote from: drifter on February 15, 2016, 07:01:57 PM

Sorry I don't think you could be more wrong. As a parent you need to know what you are taking your kids too. It's not up to the theatre to tell you that.  It takes a moment to google why a movie has a certain Rating to know what's in it.  Kids there were way to young and the mother didn't do anything.  Didn't say look at the floor or take them out cover their eyes etc.  so here is a group of preteen kids staring at tits and ass on the screen and some fairly blatant sex scenes.

I don't have kids but yeah I don't get that parents wouldn't take a moment to notice that this is indeed an R-rated movie and therefor may be inappropriate.  Forget about the detail of why, isn't that enough?  Of course it does beg the question of who deems what is appropriate.  I guess most parents these days are totally OK with their kids seeing R-rated violence and/or maybe language, but sex and boobies are just too much?  Personally, if I did have kids, I would watch it myself first and then make the decision as to whether I felt it was OK for my child.  I reviewed it for my sister so she could decide if she would let my 11 year old nephew see it, as he's a big Deadpool fan.  FWIW I recommended she didn't.  Frankly I didn't think the violence was a big deal for him, and the dirty jokes he would never understand, but the non-stop language was too much.  

Anyway at the theater I went to, the lady introducing the movie actually DID take the time to say it was a R-rated movie, and "pushed the boundaries of what it means to be R" (her words, not mine).  Apparently they got complaints from exactly the kind of lazy parents who were apparently shocked by it.  

Just to be clear: I am a parent.  My 12 year old asked if she could see Deadpool, and I nearly spit out my scotch.

My point wasn't that the parents shouldn't be responsible, really.  It was that they've been trained to think Marvel=Good for Kids.  Marvel is cranking out multiple movies through multiple studios, and this is the only one that's been an issue.  Plus it's releasing right during a school holiday for a lot of kids.  It's understandable to imagine that most parents are not going to notice that little tiny "R" when they haven't needed to do so for any Marvel movie previous to this.

It's important to keep one thing in perspective here, folks: we are not most people.  We are, in general, a subclass of working adults who, for example, not only know who Deadpool is, we've been following the movie, watched the trailers, maybe read some of the comics and understand that this is not a typical Marvel movie.  Most parents aren't like that.

Think of how many times you've been in a video game store in your life and seen a parent walk in (especially, say, during a school break where they're looking for something, anything to keep the kids entertained) and blindly buy whatever the little monsters are asking for.  Given that you likely have more information than they do, have you ever nudged them in another direction?  I have.  Have you seen a store employee do the same?  Thankfully, I have seen that, too.  And that's how I think it should be.

This is not to say that the parents shouldn't have done the research.  That they shouldn't be checking every box for that "M" on the label.  That they shouldn't be asking questions about it.  It's not saying that the store is in any way legally required to point out a title that might not be appropriate.

It's just saying that it's important to understand where a parent is coming from.  They are frazzled and exhausted and just looking for something to keep the kids distracted.  And it should then be the responsibility of the people at point of sale who are more knowledgeable about such things to pick up the slack a little and point out the pitfall those parents are heading into.  This does not take the responsibility out of the hands of the parent.  It's merely being considerate and helpful.

So, yes, it only takes a moment to Google a movie or go to CommonSenseMedia.org, for example.  And, yes, it is not the theater's legal responsibility to do anything but sell a bunch of tickets to the parents who trusted that this Marvel movie will be like the many others before it.  But maybe understand that not all parents know what we do about movies and comics and such and give them a little help.

Now, if a parent isn't dragging their kids out of the theater after the thing has already started (or at least covering their eyes), that's on them.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16/16) on: February 15, 2016, 03:25:37 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 15, 2016, 01:53:33 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2016, 05:36:55 AM

I'm looking forward to getting back into Rainbow Moon again.  I hope it's cross buy.

It's not cross buy, but if you own the PS3 version, you get 50% off the PS4 version.

Where did you see this?  I was looking for information yesterday, and I couldn't find anything beyond an old comment that they were hoping to make it cross buy.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 15, 2016, 07:29:07 AM

Quote from: Destructor on February 15, 2016, 04:52:19 AM

Quote from: drifter on February 15, 2016, 03:58:54 AM

Great movie but WTH parents why are there kids like 7 years old at the movie?  Congrats to the Mom and her 4 kids all young that now know what exactly a strip club is like inside and what goes on in there.

As a joke, it took me like 5 seconds to Google up 'Why is Deadpool rated R?' and find out exactly why so thanks to IMDB.

...why can't parents do so?

Because it doesn't occur to them that they have to do that.

The kids want to see the movie.  All the parents see is a poster for Marvel and what looks like a regular superhero on it.  They've been to Marvel movies before, and it has never been a problem.  Why would they even think to check if this one is an outlier?

The studio has done what they could with the previews and such, but if the parents haven't seen that, there's not much to do. 

The only time to be sure the message is getting to the parents is at the point of sale.  I feel like the onus should be on the theater to point out when they are buying or picking up the tickets that the movie is rated R.  I get it, they don't want to give a refund, but the backlash could be really bad.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 15, 2016, 05:53:32 AM
Ho.  Lee.   Shit.

I'm pretty sure that's the single best episode of the Walking Dead to date.

They had an off the charts amazing opening, amazing things go to hell fast moment, amazing crazy that turned into something not at all crazy, amazing ending and, I think most importantly, amazing new sense of direction.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was a little irritated that the big, episode ending moment of that kid saying "Mom" in a crowd of zombies turned out to be nothing (they even completely skipped over it), but then shit started going down, and I didn't care at all any more.  

I know Carl has an eyepatch at some point in the comics, but I really thought he was dead.  When that gun went off to the side, and I noticed Carl was carefully out of frame...and then who the hell survives a bullet to the eye?!  But to bring Rick back around, straight through crazy, to being a leader with hope again makes it okay in my book.

Rick was definitely just going apeshit crazy when he went out that door.  He wasn't trying to inspire.  I don't even think he was planning to take down the entire horde himself.  He just snapped and went to do something.

I thought either Maggie or Glenn (or that annoying girl) were gonners for sure, too, but man what a rescue.  Just fantastic.  

And what an opening!  My only regret is that I was enjoying that actor who was leading up the motorcycle group.  I was looking forward to more of him, but if they all have to go by way of that rocket launcher I'd conveniently forgotten after Daryl dispatched a dude off screen (because of course he would), so be it.

For all the awesome in this episode, though, my favorite thing is that humanity is back on track, essentially.  Maybe not as stupidly as Morgan (his heart's in the right place, but get in the game, man), but we saw hope in all the right places.  Gabriel got faith again.  Fistbump Notcop found out her Doctor Love is still in the house.  That Wolf guy actually did do something good at the end (and Carol saw it).  But most importantly Rick turned a corner.  Finally.

I know this shit is going to get tested hard with Negan.  I haven't read most of the comics, but I hear he's bad news.  But I think the spark will stay.  This isn't a world where it's easy to keep a spark of hope alive.  The harder test is going to be when shit with Carol comes to a head (and maybe Sasha).  It'll be an uphill battle, btu the first step is the hardest.

Yee hah.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16/16) on: February 15, 2016, 05:36:55 AM
I'm looking forward to getting back into Rainbow Moon again.  I hope it's cross buy.

I'm curious about Layers of Fear, too.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10/16) on: February 12, 2016, 07:35:44 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 12, 2016, 05:21:40 PM

Did anybody end up getting Dying Light: The Following?  I'm really interested in it but just still have too much on my plate right now to get into it.

I bought it, but when I fired up the game, I got too distracted by regular gameplay, so I haven't tried it.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 12, 2016, 02:58:45 PM
I'm hoping to go in a couple of hours.

EDIT: And I went.  Yeah, it's violent.  It's also crass and gross and hilarious and awesome.  I will not be taking my wife, but then she only has the mildest of interest in the Marvel films.

If I have one gripe it's that they spend a little too much time on origin stuff which, frankly, Deadpool doesn't even need.  But, really, that's a minor complaint.

Oh, and if anyone is wondering, there is a post-credit scene, and I recognized the location immediately.  Great stuff.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: February 11, 2016, 01:02:35 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 11, 2016, 12:14:49 PM

Hardcore Henr trailer.  If shaky cam makes you sick you might want to avoid

I was just coming to post this.  Gets pretty great by the end.

This movie could be awesome or it could be terrible (in an awesome way).
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: February 09, 2016, 07:08:37 PM
Well, here's some great news:

Bryan Fuller will be the showrunner.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/hannibals-bryan-fuller-is-producing-the-new-star-trek-t-1758068994

Quote
This is the best possible choice. Bryan Fuller—who worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager back in the day, before going on to create Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls and Hannibal—will be the showrunner of the new Star Trek TV show.

In a statement, Fuller was quoted as saying:

My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand-new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before.
Fuller has been trying to get a Star Trek series off the ground for nearly a decade. Back in 2008, he told IF Magazine:

I told my agent and told the people of J.J. Abrams team I want to create another STAR TREK series and have an idea that I’m kicking around. I would love to return to the spirit of the old series with the colors and attitude. I loved VOYAGER and DEEP SPACE NINE, but they seem to have lost the ‘60s fun and I would love to take it back to its origin.
The new Trek series (which is being executive produced by Alex Kurtzman) will premiere on CBS in 2017, before moving to CBS’ digital “CBS All Access” platform.

Entertainment Weekly points out that Fuller has teased a few different ideas for Star Trek TV shows in the past. At one point, he said it would be interesting to see how the Next Generation era looks, in the altered timeline of the recent J.J. Abrams films. In another interview, he said it would be cool to have a show that follows another starship, the U.S.S. Reliant, and that he’d love to cast Angela Bassett as the captain and Rosario Dawson as the first officer.

Fuller is already showrunner of the American Gods series on Starz, and is also spearheading the new version of Amazing Stories.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: February 05, 2016, 06:46:20 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 05, 2016, 05:41:46 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 05, 2016, 05:05:12 PM

Although the fact that it hasn't been posted in for over 120 days makes me wonder if there is any interest in the game.

What has there been to post? The game has been kept mostly quiet from the publisher, so we haven't known much. I'm looking forward to it, particularly since they're building upon what was learned from Wolfenstein.

Wolfenstein is what has me interested as well.

The Conan video definitely upped my interest, too, though it's a little bizarre that they're promoting it on that show 3 whole months before release.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 01, 2016, 07:29:10 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 01, 2016, 07:00:50 PM

I'm an XCOM wimp and won't be playing with mods or Impossible/Iron Man mode or whatever. I tend to shamelessly save and restore from savegames often. It's of course unfair/not realistic, but half the fun for me with this genre is simply trying different strategies in certain situations and then reloading to try something else, after the inevitable facepalm.  smirk

If I get overly frustrated I tend too often to rage quit and the like. So perhaps I'll play on Easy mode but see if I can resist restoring savegames in combat.  icon_smile I do look forward to hearing how the hard core set enjoys tough difficulties and the mod stuff.


This is me, too, although I don't rage quit so much as not come back to the game for a while, which turns out to be a very long while.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 01, 2016, 01:13:09 PM
Gravity Rush Remastered is en route.

I may get Not a Hero.

One of these days I'll finish the original XCom (and the original reboot to boot).

I'm sure there's something else in there
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox free Games With Gold program on: January 28, 2016, 04:29:28 AM
Hand of Fate is great, though I wish I didn't already have it now.

Didn't they already do Styx?

EDIT: Maybe that was PS+
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 28, 2016, 04:28:34 AM

Quote from: Crawley on January 28, 2016, 04:09:01 AM

Ok. I came across two logs that played some audio. But right now it's just rambling nonsense.

Puzzles are starting to get nasty where if you don't get it in one you have to go back and re-do the previous puzzle. I'm using my cell phone to take pictures of the puzzles I've solved to combat this when it occurs.

Finished up the stones in the water puzzles and have moved on to the apples in the tree puzzles - I like these better as you have to move around to get the right perspective before you can solve the puzzle.

I so want to like this game so holding out its a pretty slow burn.

I suspect that the logs are going to continue to be pretentious.  Some will love them, of course, and I can appreciate the message, but they are way too long and "on point" so far.

If you're using the PS4, you can press (what used to be) the Select button and take a screenshot of the puzzle, then load it in the PS viewer (whatever it's called).  From there, it's a simple double click on the PS button to swap you back and forth between picture and game.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 27, 2016, 07:27:23 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 27, 2016, 04:55:02 PM

I just learned that the game doesn't have music? Has that affected anyone's enjoyment of it? The developers and media have been comparing it to Myst, which I was excited for, but a huge part of the Myst experience was the soundtrack. Not that The Witness needs to be like Myst for me to enjoy it, but they shouldn't be compared to each other, despite the similarities of being on an island and solving puzzles.

No.

Honestly, I think music would be distracting.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 27, 2016, 02:30:55 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 27, 2016, 01:54:54 PM

And... 'stuck' in the first area with seven switches completed but no idea how to even locate the eight which I need to unlock the bottom panel on the gate. Gentle hint, kind folks?

Follow the wires.  But I can't imagine you didn't do that.  Sometimes there are more than one wire connected to a box, so make sure the right one is glowing.
196  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 26, 2016, 04:04:44 PM
I've heard nothing but great things. I'm trying to decide if I want to go iPhone or PC.

Any ideas?
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26/16) on: January 25, 2016, 05:03:35 AM
As far as Tomb Raider goes, I think Caine was talking about the less than stellar sales for the game on the Xbone.

I myself will get Lego Avengers and maybe The Witness.

198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: January 20, 2016, 09:46:29 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 20, 2016, 09:20:44 PM

These are cool

Star Wars Doodles Come to Life in These Awesome Short Vine Videos

https://vine.co/v/iOWLxEMugT2

https://vine.co/v/iq1Y70il9zb

https://vine.co/v/ihrhmUZ17Ow

Neat.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: January 20, 2016, 03:51:42 PM
I have to say, I really dug that SS trailer.  More than I thought I would.

Harley is pulling that show together, though.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts 2!!! on: January 20, 2016, 03:50:34 PM
Coming to RB4 in the January update.




I love crazy random crossovers like this.
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